An 86-year-old St. Peter woman’s criminal case of voter fraud was resolved without her having to appear in court Tuesday morning. Margaret Schneider will not have to pay a fine, spend time in jail or serve probation under an agreement approved in Nicollet County District Court. Instead the only requirement is that she obey voting laws. Schneider was charged with voter fraud, a felony, in March. She mistakenly voted with an absentee ballot on July 13 and again at her polling place Aug. 14. Schneider, who has Parkinson’s disease and suffers from dementia, said she forgot she had voted.
The Nicollet County Attorney’s Office said it had little choice under the law than to charge Schneider. Assistant County Attorney James Dunn refused to comment at Tuesday’s hearing.
Schneider’s attorney, Bill Sherry of Apple Valley, said that the family is not commenting about the case and said Schneider just wants it to be over.
On Nov. 30, 2014, her record will be cleared if no other voting infractions occur.